Kindness…

holidayus3.jpgTonight, I truly felt what it means to sacrifice oneself for their child.  As a parent, we tend to be defensive about our children when it comes to situations, issues and other instances that are school and otherwise related.

Today, I received an email from my son’s teacher that SHOCKED me.  What was shocking wasn’t the content as much as the circumstances of which I believe the email was written (under the influence of a parent).  I am appalled at the moment and have sent an email to not only the other parent, teacher but principal.  I not only stand by my son but ALL children who may be ‘victims’ of parent(s) who may not be fully aware of and responsible for their children’s actions.

I will not and do not tolerate manipulation, twisting of facts and other means to defend our children but rather truth and lessons learned so that our children may grow-up to be responsible, caring and exemplary citizens.

Coincidentally or not, my daughter created and designed a shirt recently with the message “stop bullying” and I was struck by the realization that bullying can occur at any age and not only amongst children and teens but adults.  As a Mother, individual and citizen, I will do all I can “to be the change I wish to see in the world” and to uphold kindness, honesty and love.

Life isn’t complicated and happiness stems from simplicity but we complicate things when we aren’t happy with who we are at the core.  If we have nothing to hide then we are open, vulnerable, loving and caring. Believe!

3 responses

  1. Your children are blessed with a wonderful and compassionate role model. I became a substitute teacher about four years ago. And to say I was ill-prepared somewhat by (not all) but enough ‘questionable’ behavior is putting it mildly. My husband and I have raised our 2 children-now teens with a deep understanding of decency, mutual respect, self respect, kindness…. They’re not perfect children of course, but they’re compassionate human beings. When I think back to when I had substitute teachers (starting 1960’s – I’m really dating myself here), I remember thinking-oh, joy we’re not going to have to do ‘real’ work today (which was never true we still accomplished quite a bit). But as a whole, the roomful of students rarely disrespected the adult instructor. There were maybe one or two students who misbehaved and didn’t quiet down when asked. I find the difference today is many more than one or two students seem to find difficulty in comporting themselves in an ‘acceptable manner.’ It’s as if they don’t realize they even should. Somewhere along the line, these children are not receiving the messages they need to hear. I’ve since acquired a skill set for subbing. You learn as you go. I’m an optimist and I do believe the pendulum will swing: We’ll get to a place where having patience, kindness and respect is as easy as breathing (not just the kids, many adults could do with a refresher course).
    Thank you for this blog and for raising your children with compassion.
    AnnMarie
    new blogger, old thinker

    • AnnMarie, thank you so much for your comment and for what you do. You write so beautifully with rich content. I, too, believe we are all very loving and caring at the core and hope that we all find a healthy balance within the classroom and outside. Debbie

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